MUMAC – Gruppo Cimbali’s coffee machine museum stars at “Cosmos Coffee”, an exhibition devoted to coffee scheduled from 4th July 2019 to 31st May 2020 at the Deutsches Museum Several of the MUMAC collection’s most representative machines are also on loan to the major exhibition in Munich.
MUMAC is among the stars of “Cosmos Coffee”, an exhibition dedicated to the coffee world (from cultivation to processing, transport, preparation and consumption) scheduled from 4th July 2019 to 31st May 2020 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
Eight important pieces will represent the museum at the exhibition organized by the world’s most important science and technology museum, offering a comprehensive vision and learning experience about the “coffee cosmos”.
The “Cosmos Coffee” exhibition is divided into six sessions (biology, chemistry, technology, economy, culture and ecology), offering an immersive and interactive journey to discover the drink from a sensory and scientific point of view.
MUMAC’s loan to the Munich museum is a continuation of the “loan project” undertaken by the museum with the goal of spreading the industry’s culture and sharing its own heritage with the most important bodies and institutions in the world. The most recent activities include the loan of “La Cornuta” for Gio Ponti retrospective at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre in Paris (19th October – 5th May 2019) and the loan of La Cimbali Pitagora, the only espresso machine in the world to have won the “Compasso d’Oro” (the oldest and most authoritative design award), to the major solo exhibition devoted to Achille Castiglioni, which was held in the Triennale di Milano (6th October 2018 – 20th January 2019).
The collaboration with the Deutsches Museum has led to the inclusion of certain highly significant machines in the exhibition: from the Ala, the first horizontal machine made by LaCimbali in the 1940s, to La Pavoni D.P. 47, known as “La Cornuta” (The Horned One) due to the distinctive shape of its dispensers, which is considered the most valuable piece in the world of espresso machine collecting. It boasts a truly sculptural metal, steam-operated design and there are only two surviving models in the world. The exhibition also includes the 4-group Faema E61, designed in the 1960s, an iconic piece in the coffee world and a revolutionary extraction technology device.
Here is a complete list of the works that have been loaned out.
La Cimbali, Milan
1 group – 5 litres – Conserved model
The history of the La Cimbali brand began in 1912 when founder Giuseppe Cimbali opened the first shop in the centre of Milan, dedicating himself to the production of essential components for coffee machines. In 1930, he began to produce his own professional espresso machines at the workshop in Via Lecchi in Milan and he launched the Ala model, one of the first horizontal machines, in various versions (with one, two or three groups) with an electric and gas-heated boiler.
1 group – 5 litres – Conserved model
In 1947, Achille Gaggia filed an innovative patent involving the introduction of the piston: the insertion of a lever that could pump pressurised water onto the coffee powder. The innovation meant that the powder only came into contact with hot water at high pressure (around 9/10 atmosphere), enabling extraction of the aromas that add fullness to the taste and the components necessary for producing the typical espresso cream.
The front plexiglass displays the words “Crema caffè di caffè naturale funziona senza vapore “ (Natural coffee’s cream works without steam), an effective slogan designed to attract potential customers.
La Pavoni, Milan
D.P.47 model, nicknamed La Cornuta
3 groups – 35 litres – Restored model
Designed by Gio Ponti
La Pavoni D.P. 1947, designed by celebrated designer Gio Ponti, is considered one of the most important machines by coffee machine collectors. Featuring a horizontal boiler, it was renamed “La Cornuta” (The Horned One) in many design books due to the shape of its dispensers. It boasts a truly sculptural metal, steam-operated design and there are only two surviving models in the world.
MUMAC’s “La Cornuta” was recovered in a hotel on the Roman coast which was closed for over fifty years and then underwent major restoration work carried out by the Officine Maltoni.
2 groups – 20 litres – Conserved model
The very first examples of this machine are influenced, to a certain extent, by the American preference for a streamlined design: the “Export” machine (made with 2, 3 and 4 groups) is an innovative model in terms of its design, functionality and rational volumes. Ironically nicknamed the “sardine box”, its curious shape was designed to house the cups on the sides of the structure, while the backlit plexiglass body displays the words “Crema caffè naturale funziona senza vapore”.
Milan Year 1947
Model D.P.47 nicknamed La Cornuta 3 Groups - 35 Liters - Restored example
Design Gio Ponti La Pavoni D.P. 1947, designed by the famous designer Gio Ponti, is one of the most important machines in the sector's collecting. Machine with horizontal boiler and renamed in many design books "La Cornuta" for the shape of the dispenser groups, a real sculpture in metal, working with steam, there are still two examples in the world. "La Cornuta" by MUMAC was recovered in a hotel on the Roman coast closed for over fifty years and then subjected to a massive restoration work by the Officine Maltoni.
4 groups – 26 litres – Restored example
This famous and revolutionary coffee machine, whose name, E61, refers to the solar eclipse in 1961, was the final outcome of several patents and the result of the evolution of previous models. The water for the coffee no longer came from the boiler as in the past, but directly from the water network, passing through the resin softener that eliminated limestone; the volumetric pump pushed it, pressurized to 9 bar, through a heat exchanger placed inside the steam boiler, which heated it, bringing the water up to the optimal temperature. After undergoing these processes, the water entered the brew group and, thanks to the infusion which allowed the entire ground coffee panel to be soaked, enabled maximum extraction of the espresso coffee’s aromatic substances in 25 seconds.
2 groups – 11 litre – Conserved model
Designed by Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Cibic
Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Cibic, two well-known masters of Italian design, together designed a professional machine that embraced the technological innovations of the time.
The Tronic was the first machine to incorporate electronic components: users can choose the quantity of coffee that they want to produce through a push-button panel, while the machine ensures correct dosage, guaranteeing a higher quality drink.
Faema E71 is the best interpreter of gourmet coffee in which technology and tradition have found new forms, merging in a machine designed to achieve perfection with every cup of coffee. Equipped with an innovative hydraulic circuit with a GTi infusion control system that guarantees perfect control of the coffee infusion and dispensing times, the machine features numerous ergonomic solutions that are attentive to the needs of every barista and coffee specialist.